In recent years, Android smartphone makers have claimed that their devices are safe and are always up to date with security patches, but that’s not the case.
According to a recent report from Security Research Labs, Android smartphone makers are lying to customers about the issue of security patches for the device.
Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell spent two years testing and analyzing Android devices to see if the manufacturers actually installed the security updates. What they found was that many devices were already updating the system software but ignored security patches.
Worse, this is a fairly common practice. The research team tested 1,200 handsets from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, ZTE and TCL and found that even large companies like Samsung sometimes overlooked security patches.
Some other manufacturers are worse. While Sony and Samsung just missed one or two security patches, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Nokia have ignored three, HTC, Huawei, LG, and Motorola have missed up to four times. Only phones from Google have not missed a security update.
One of the reasons why security patches are ignored may be because the device does not share security standards and does not have features that need patching.
Of course, ignoring security patches is not a disaster. The fact is that hacking an Android phone is not easy and companies have more security measures to prevent the attack.
However, in terms of transparency, the Android manufacturers clearly have not done well.